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Womenshealthchannel Enhancements Support Pregnant Teens
Date:7/2/2008

include condition-specific forums and specialized blogs that allow pregnant teens, teenaged moms, and the people who make up their support network to share information in a clinical information setting. The enhancements are not limited to the “Teen Pregnancy” section: women who have medical conditions such as cervical dysplasia, uterine fibroids, or ovarian cancer, also can benefit from information sharing provided by the new enhancements.

Diane Domina, Healthcommunities.com's director of content says, "Teen pregnancy has serious and long-lasting implications. However, with the support of family, medical professionals, and others, positive outcomes are possible for young women who become pregnant as teenagers and for their babies. The teen
pregnancy information on womenshealthchannel is an extremely valuable resource—it provides reliable, up-to-date information, as well as a place for teens to talk with others about safer sex and teen pregnancy issues."

Teen pregnancy statistics may be startling to womenshealthchannel readers. Infants born to teenage mothers are at increased risk for a number of health problems and are more likely to experience social and emotional problems, as well. According to Stanley J. Swierzewski III, MD, the CEO and Founder of
womenshealthchannel, “Nearly 1 million teens become pregnant in the United States each year—the highest teen pregnancy rate of any developed nation. The medical information on womenshealthchannel encourages teens to delay sexual activity or consistently use contraception if they are sexually active. The information can inspire teens who are already pregnant to do what is best for them and their unborn child, such as seeking pre- and
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